Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

Simple Announces New Mobile App

Simple is announcing major updates to both its iOS and Android apps. The Simple 2.0 release makes it even easier to stay on top of your financial life. Simple Instant on Mobile lets you exchange money with any Simple customer instantly. Sending money to another Simple customer is as easy as adding them as a contact and transferring funds. Now, you can send money to other Simple customers on the go. Your friend lent you cash? Pay them back immediately. You forgot to pay rent before taking off for a week-long trip? Get money to your roommates on the road, right from the mobile app. They also updated the look and feel of Goals on the web. The updated design of our Android and iOS apps is a key feature of Simple 2.0.

FreedomPay Announces Merchant PCI P2PE

FreedomPay unveiled the PCI certified fully-functional, point-to-point encryption (P2PE) payment technology as part of its cloud-based FreedomPay Commerce Platform. With the certification of its P2PE technology by the PCI Security Standards Council – and through key alliances with hardware vendors and validated secure distribution channels – FreedomPay offers a streamlined, cost-effective way for merchants to put their point-of-sale systems (POS) and networks 100 percent out of scope for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. It ensures against breaches through PCI certified P2PE, complete with EMV technology. It also processes payments using NFC, Magnetic Stripe and PIN Debit. It’s ultimately designed as a one-stop solution for merchants who need secure POS transactions and want the capability to expand their commerce options today or in the future.

Allied Wallet Streamlines Set Up Process and Sees Spike in Business

Allied Wallet recently streamlined their set up process to take merchants live quicker and simpler. Allied Wallet worked to develop a payment solution that’s integrated in any programming language with plugins to all major e-commerce shopping cart solutions. It’s clear that merchants are appreciating this speed and ease because Allied Wallet reported record spikes in business for Quarter 2 of 2014. With merchant sign up showing an increase of about 27% and a significant spike in transaction volume, Allied Wallet is growing at record highs.

NRF Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Swipe Fee Ruling

The National Retail Federation told the U.S. Supreme Court that the debate over debit card swipe fees is “of staggering importance” and asked the justices to review a ruling that left the Federal Reserve’s cap on the billions of transactions conducted each year at 21 cents rather than reducing it to a lower level. A petition asking the Supreme Court to consider the case was filed today by NRF, the National Association of Convenience Stores, the Food Marketing Institute, the National Restaurant Association, NRF member Boscov’s Department Store, and NACS member Miller Oil Co., all of whom were plaintiffs in the original lawsuit. While lower than the average of 45 cents before the cap was set, NRF argued that the 21-cent figure included costs that went beyond those allowed under the legislation and filed suit against the Fed in U.S. District Court in 2011 along with other retail groups. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned Leon’s ruling, citing “ambiguity” in the 2010 law and saying the Fed based the cap on a “reasonable interpretation” of the measure.

ANZ iLaunches Digital Card PIN Service

ANZ Internet Banking and ANZ goMoney customers are now able to set their card PIN numbers for personal Visa Debit, EFTPOS and credit cards online. Tis is among other upgrades ANZ offers which now allow customers to set their 4-digit card PIN for personal Visa Debit, EFTPOS and credit cards online and through the ANZ goMoney app; the option to turn off their paper credit card statements via Internet Banking; to receive a notification via text or email when their next statement is available, showing how much to pay and when and making automatic payments between the customer’s own accounts and to payees an even easier process through Internet Banking.

PSI-Pay Appoints New Board Member

PSI-Pay account and card-based payment solutions companies, is proud to announce that Craig James has joined the board of Directors.Craig is a highly Experienced FCA (FSA)/E-Money and PrePaid Compliance/Regulatory and Anti Money Laundering specialist. He has held Controlled Functions 1, 2, 10 and 11 for both UK and International Financial Services companies. Having overseen the compliance / MLRO functions of organisations such as Firepay (Optimal Payments) and Paysafecard he brings considerable business experience and knowledge, along with a full understanding of balancing risk management, regulation and performance. Craig’s experience within the regulatory and risk management environment will ensure that PSI-Pay are ‘ahead of the game’ with the proposed new EU regulations, particularly as they expand into other EU territories